Jennifer Lawrence's workout routine can be intense but it's also *super* relatable

J. Law is back and looking better than ever! For inspo, the Jennifer Lawrence workout routine features a whole lot of cardio...and plenty of pizza to boot

What is the Jennifer Lawrence workout routine? Pictured: Jennifer Lawrence attends the "Anatomie D'une Chute (Anatomy Of A Fall)" red carpet during the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 21, 2023 in Cannes, France.
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The main takeaway from the Jennifer Lawrence workout routine? Don't ask the No Hard Feelings star to go on a diet. 

Much like EmRata's workout routine, J. Law keeps matters real and attainable. Plus, she's the first to admit that she's not going to deny herself anything she's craving. We can totally get on board with that mentality. 

"I hate saying, 'I like exercising'," she told Glamour in 2012. "I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat'. I don't diet. I do exercise! But I don't diet. You can't work when you're hungry, you know?'"

Lawrence reiterated the same sentiment to Vogue in 2018: "I don’t like when people say,  'I only do this or eat this. Because I eat. I’m not very strict with my diet: If I want a piece of pizza, I eat a piece of pizza."

While yes, she's not willing to sacrifice her favorite eats, the Oscar winner does put in the work when it comes time to hit the gym. Here's everything to know about the actress's workout routine. 

All about the Jennifer Lawrence workout routine:

1. Her routine is well-rounded

It's not just about looking good—it's about feeling good in all aspects of life. The actor works closely with trainer Dalton Wong, who wrote The Feelgood Plan: Happier, Healthier & Slimmer in 15 Minutes a Day (see at Amazon). In between workout plans, the book details when to call it quits, how to listen to your body's needs and so forth. A good fitness plan should definitely have a wellness component to it.  

Lawrence was so taken by his approach that she even wrote the foreword to his book. "Dalton is different to other trainers because he understands what my body needs—how to exercise, when to unwind, how to enjoy food. I’m so happy he’s written a book with such a wonderful message," part of her message reads. 

2. She caters her process to her work

When Lawrence stepped into the role of Katniss Everdeen, our fierce, adventurous Hunger Games heroine, she worked on a routine that catered to what she would be doing on-screen. According to Teen Vogue, when it came time to prepare for the fantasy series, it was all cardio-based:  

  • Sprints
  • stationary bike rides
  • Archery
  • Rock climbing
  • Tree climbing

She warmed up for 10 minutes before 20 minutes of a high-intensity workout. And when she needed to take things down a notch—as we all need to do from time to time—she did the most Jennifer Lawrence thing ever and decided to skip. Love it!

When she took on the role of an ex-ballet dancer in 2018's Red Sparrow, she catered her routine to that of a dancer with the following, per Women's Health UK

  • Pilates
  • Toning
  • Weight training

3. She makes sure to wind down

Obviously, we can't endure an intense cardio workout all the time, so when it comes time to call it quits for the day, Lawrence will turn to yoga and does breathwork before hitting the hay, Women's Health further reveals. If you want to follow in the actor's fitness footsteps, weigh the pros and cons of yoga vs. pilates (Lawrence is a fan of both) and give the 4-7-8 breathing technique a try right before you tuck in.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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